Christmas wasn’t the only big event on December 25! Over in Albania fifteen acts performed in the first semi-final of Festivali i Këngës 54 — Albania’s selection show for Eurovision 2016. Semi final 1 saw plenty of high notes and more than a few electric guitar riffs — but what it didn’t see was a public reveal of the results. That’s right: Y’all have you wait a little longer to find out which artists have qualified for the final. They will be announced on Sunday morning. For now you can check out the performances from the first semi-final below.

Semi-Final 1 Performances:

1. Egzon Pireci – Triumf (Triumph)

2. SimbolArtiste (Artist)

3. Voltan ProdaniDëgjoje këngën o atë (Listen to the song oh father)

4. Adrian LulgjurajJeto dhe ëndërro (Live and dream)

5. Sigi Bastri – Ëngjëll i lirë (Free angel)

6. Dilan RekaBuzëqesh (Smile)

7. Luiz EjlliPa mbarim (Without end)

8. Nilsa HysiAsaj (To her)

9. Orgesa ZaimiNjë shishe në oqean (A bottle in the ocean)

10. Erga HalilajMonolog (Monologue)

11. Florent AbrashiTë ndjek ç’do hap (I follow your every step)

12. Teuta KurtiNë sytë e mi (In my eyes)

13. Kozma DushiNjë kafe (A coffee)

14. Aslaidon ZaimajMerrmë që sot (Take me right from today)

15. Egert PanoMos ik (Don’t go)

The second semi-final of Festivali i Këngës 54 will be held tomorrow night at 21:00 CET. Another fifteen contestants will have a chance to make the grand final on December 27.

What do you think of the performances? We wanna hear your opinions, so comment below! 

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Cristian Scarpone
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Semi-final 1. This is my ranking! I really like my top 3 🙂

1 Teuta Kurti
2 Sigi Bastri
3 Orgesa Zaimi
4 Aslajdon Zaimaj
5 Nilsa Hysi
6 Erga Halilaj
7 Florent Abrashi
8 Adrian Lulgjuraj
9 Egzon Pireci
10 Luis Ejlli
11 Kozma Dushi
12 Dilan Reka
13 Egert Pano
14 Simbol
15 Voltan Prodani

No Name
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No Name

All my favorites are in the second semifinal, almost 7 songs I find better there than my favorite in this semifinal, Nilsa Hysi and Asaj.

BB
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BB

Nilsa Hysi and Aslaidon Zaimaj are my favs from Semi 1.

bartosz
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bartosz

Monolog and Asaj were the best. These are my favourites and I hope one of them will be performed in Stockholm

Scub dual
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Scub dual

I’m curious to hear the Besen and flaka. Teuta first night was very good. One of these I think will win.

JennetSam
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JennetSam

It was a beautiful night. For me the best are 1.Teuta (super vocals and good song)
2. Aslajdo (fewer problems with intonation).
3. Florenti (nice voice ).

DenzelWr
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DenzelWr

For me Teuta was a diva..strong voice, and nice performanc! She is winner

Steven
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Steven

TEUTA CAN DOMINATE ME THX WHAT A GLAMOURHAG <3

NILSA IS ALSO VERY GLAM!

ASLAIDON THOUGH HAS LOTS OF POTENTIAL but needs something with the music idk, more drum less cymbols

Eurovision & Disney
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Eurovision & Disney

My fave is Egert! I really love his style!

Johnny Power Bttm
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Johnny Power Bttm

Asaj by Nilsa Hysi is my complete favorite in this semi final 🙂
The only thing she needs to change is her Stage Presence ,she literally doesnt open her eyes.

Kjetil H
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Kjetil H

Right thank Goodness for that smooth jazz tune at the end. Hope the 2nd semi is better

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

Did albania just discover the electric guitar during the last decade? It’s almost in every song, and in a solo. Favorites so far: Dilan (except for the electric guitar), Luiz has potential, Nilsa is in my top 3-ish.

DenizNL
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DenizNL

I really loved Dilan, Erga and Nilsa, but most of them were pretty good, the vocals especially blew my mind.

When the show ended I was like, soo.. where are the results, but they will be there on sunday :’)

pindzia
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pindzia

12 – Aslaidon Zaimaj – Merrmë që sot
10 – Sigi Bastri – Ëngjëll i lirë
8 – Nilsa Hysi – Asaj
7 – Erga Halilaj – Monolog
6 – Egzon Pireci – Triumf
5 – Florent Abrashi – Të ndjek ç’do hap
4 – Dilan Reka – Buzëqesh
3 – Adrian Lulgjuraj – Jeto dhe ëndërro
2 – Luiz Ejlli – Pa mbarim
1 – Simbol – Artiste